Bernkastel's Letter

Bernkastel writes a letter to her “beloved friend,” asking if they’re alive and well. She states her surprise that her friend still had energy to write to her, calling it a miracle. Bern also thanks her friend for the suggestion that Lambda might be the one responsible for finding another witch to trap her, one with similar affinity. Bern then saycs Lambda might be a precious being to her, being much higher-ranked and closer to having the same disease Bern’s friend has; Bern is learning how to deal with this disease by watching Lambda.

Bern then asks her friend to give her strength, saying that Lambda claimed she would not win the game board with and forcing Bern to identify “rule X.” Bern remembers the story that always begins on June 20th, saying it’s the core of Beatrice’s game. Rule Y is what elevates Beatrice’s game into magic, and if they can’t touch this rule and examine it then they may as well not be witches. Beatrice’s magic system is elevating her past the level of other witches and is encroaching on the recipient’s level. In some time, Bern and Lambda will fall to her, and Bern will receive the same disease.

Bern then talks about Rule Z, having determined that Rules X and Y are not enough to explain everything. Bern assumes Rule Z to be like a maze preventing her from figuring out X and Y. Bern’s powers let her see every possible path through the maze and reach the end eventually, but Lambda’s powers let her walk through the walls completely. Even so, Bern thinks this maze has a bad affinity with her because it constantly changes shape; until Bern can unravel this Rule Z that should be immutable, Beatrice will still be called a witch. Bern imagines her recipient reading up to that point and laughing, and then writes that she will be visiting them soon, signing off. The location changes to show that of someone's study.

The tip ends with poems from Ronove and Frederica Bernkastel.

Love is an illusion, a misunderstanding.

Mutual love is a mutual misunderstanding of being mutually loved.

And engagement is a vow to not wake up for your whole life from that misunderstanding.

-Ronove

Many things were found from his room. From those evidences, it is possible to deduce that I am loved by you.

Many things were found from my room. From those evidences, it is possible to deduce that I also love you.

Nothing was found from her room. However, I can't deny the existence of an undiscovered evidence X of unfaithfulness.

-Frederica Bernkastel

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  • apathy

The Witches' Tanabata Isn't Sweet

Tanabata is a Japanese event where people write wishes on pieces of paper and hang them on bamboo branches, hoping that they will be granted; sometimes these are noticed by demons and witches. Maria writes one at school, and while other kids think of multiple wishes, she only has one: “I wish that Mama will come home every day.” Maria knew Rosa was busy at work all the time, but she was still lonely and hoped that her mom could just come home every day.

Some theories suggest that the ones who grant these wishes are the gods of Japan or the legend of Tanabata, but in reality they’re granted by those closest to the wisher, like their parents or close friends. Beatrice was one such close friend of Maria’s. Beatrice takes notice of Maria’s wish and talks to her in a dream, asking if it’s really alright for Rosa to come home every day; if Beato were to grant that wish, Rosa would indeed come home every day, but not necessarily in a good mood. Rosa’s company was small, and they were in a bad financial position and needed to fulfill any order they could get; having her come home every day like this would not end well. Maria’s wish might result in Rosa losing her job or the company going under, ensuring she could be home every day; Beato was sure Maria didn’t want this. She instead wants to see what Maria’s true wish is, what comes after the fact; Maria wants Mama to come home and make dinner with her, peeling potatoes and setting up dishes, then watching TV and laughing together.

Beato smiles at seeing Maria’s dreams of happy times with Rosa; if all this could result in a happy morning, Maria could go to school and be happy the whole day. Maria then wakes up to her alarm clock, remembering her wish of wanting Mama to come home every day. She remembered Beatrice expanding her wish, and that as a witch apprentice she can make it happen in reality. Maria remembers the things she did on that happy morning, starting by waking up Rosa and bringing her chilled vegetable juice in a cup. She thanks Beatrice for fulfilling her wish and gets started.

Bernkastel and Lambdadelta were watching this play out; Bern mocks the idea that Beato didn’t grant any wish at all while Lambda quite enjoyed how sweet the story was. Beatrice appears, explaining that she just showed Maria a fragment of the world she wanted and then gave her the keys to make it happen. Bern says Maria was still the one to grant her wish herself, and Lambda reminds her that a wish cannot be granted without a strong desire to make it come true. Beato and Lambda continue stating how Bern doesn’t understand at all; they give their power to people with certain wills and determination to make their wishes come true. Lambda is then asked about the kinds of wishes she’s granted: wishes to become rich, wishes to solidify their current position, and wishes to move on to better things. The Witch of Certainty avoids granting those kinds of wishes to everyone in equal measure, but also watches over those who keep up their efforts just as equally. Lambda promises that certain resolution will allow a person to fulfill their wish, even if they are a young girl wanting to be a god. After some more banter, Bern is asked to go out and grant at least one Tanabata wish, but she refuses and disappears. Even so, Bern thinks about what kind of wish she would grant, finding heartwarming stories to be very sickening. She then finds a wish to grant, promising to make it truly witch-like.

A young Ange writes on a piece paper that “I wish for my family to come home.” She goes to sleep and Bern visits her, offering to grant her a miracle. However, Ange is told that she must work hard at it and follow Bern’s instructions every day in order for it to come true. Ange recounts that Eva had become her new foster mother after the Rokkenjima incident, and she told Ange to think of her as her mother so they could mend their scars and smile, hugging her as she says this. Ange being as young as she was, she didn’t know what to make of those words. Bern tells Ange that if she wants her real mother Kyrie to return, then she mustn't allow Eva to take that position from her; the young Ange believed that if she accepted Eva as her new mother, there would be no room for Kyrie. Ange is told to never call Eva “Mom” and to never smile; if she fails, Bern can never guarantee the miracle of Ange’s family coming back home. Bern reminds her that Eva is a demon who will try to take Ange’s family away; rather, she already did. Ange swears she will keep her promise and tells the “magic words” to Eva the next morning, stealing their smiling faces away for eternity. Bernkastel thinks this kind of Tanabata is much more entertaining for a witch, finding much entertainment to be had in the coming years.

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  • Worldend
  • apathy
  • くるり [About Face]
  • 命のパン [Bread of Life]
  • 久遠 [Eternity]
  • 生まれてきてくれてありがとう [Thanks for Being Born]
  • soul_of_soul
  • 蒼色の冷笑 [Deep Blue Jeer]

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Game Master BATTLER!

After discovering the truth in End of the Golden Witch, Battler has become the Game Master, able to spin the game board and weave the story as if he were a god. However, being Game Master isn’t easy since the story is limited to two days on an isolated island. Battler struggles to write a game board, hoping to give every character an important part. Lambda arrives to give some assistance, saying that if he gave everyone an important role, it would turn into a big mess. Lambda tells him to use his head, but Battler hits her on the head instead; she says Battler should already know the answer of what to do with all the characters and leaves before he can ask for more help.

Just then, Genji knocks on the door to Battler’s room, bringing along Kumasawa, Nanjo, and Gohda. The older servants have heard about Battler’s troubles and brought some sweets to help him relax a bit. They set the table and congratulate Battler for his promotion to Game Master, and Gohda asks how the writing for Episode 6 is going. Battler says he’s still stumped from wanting to give everyone a role, and then Genji asks if he’s seen the results of the recent popularity poll; Battler is flattered that he took first place, and the old servants lament that they were much lower. Gohda was 22nd, Genji was 41st, Nanjo was 48th, and Kumasawa was 53rd. Battler sees their sad faces, and then determines that he can boost their popularity by giving them screentime in the next episode. He realizes that the servants have come to appeal to him, as the younger characters tend to be more popular and leave the adults less time; the servants often getting killed on the first twilight doesn’t help either. Battler asks the servants what kind of roles they want, and they all give him suggestions, crying tears when the Game Master promises to take them to heart.

Sometime later, EVA-Beatrice arrives. Despite having little screen time since Episode 3, EVA has taken 8th place in the popularity poll. She also wishes to have a role in the next episode, wanting to play the part of the rival once again, but Battler says Erika’s already taken that spot; not only that, EVA is very dull compared to how annoying Erika can be. EVA thinks Battler is saying she’s not a good character, and the Game Master reminds her that Erika changed into a swimsuit and slapped tape on all the windows in the rain. EVA wants to do anything to ensure a part, and Battler suggests she lower the length of her skirt a bit; snapping his fingers, EVA’s skirt shrinks by ten centimeters. EVA tells him to take off ten more, and Battler says it’s about to reach her knees. Snapping his fingers some more, EVA’s skirt becomes so short that it barely covers her; Battler falls completely into the influence of his Game Master powers and EVA’s design completely changes into her wearing black knee-socks, a twintail hairstyle, and she’s even promised to wear other costumes such as a pair of cat ears and a sailor uniform. The witch thanks profusely and goes off.

Rudolf and Kyrie are the next people to appear, wanting parts since they’re Battler’s family. Rudolf wants to play the aloof action hero while Kyrie does detective work, and Battler agrees to it. Krauss, Natsuhi, and Jessica are next; Jessica wants to have another fight scene while the couple wants to be seen as an intimate family. Battler agrees, but only on the condition that Natsuhi wear a swimsuit and become a lap pillow for him. Jessica berates him for it but Battler says he isn’t trying to force anyone to do anything; even so, Natsuhi accepts this, much to his delight.

George’s family arrives carrying a box of cakes, also trying to secure parts in the next episode. Battler will give George a fight scene, but only if Eva wear a bunnygirl outfit and cook for him. Hideyoshi wants to leave his wife out of this, but Eva accepts the conditions if it means giving their son a role. Rosa wants to give Maria a role, but Battler wants her to wear a gym uniform and wash his back.

Virgilia and Ronove slide in, terrified that the power of Game Master has really gone to Battler’s head. Battler sees them and agrees to give them screentime in the next episode without any favors. Virgilia asks for him to stop toying with everyone’s feelings, but Battler ignores her and tells Ronove to hang up a notice for him. The note says that the Seven Sisters of Purgatory won’t be getting any screentime, and to talk to Battler if they have objections.

The Sisters are surprised that they’re not getting any screentime despite having been consistently popular, and they all blame it on Lucifer; she tormented Battler too much in Episode 3 and caused him to act this way. They all go to apologize to Battler, who sits upon a throne awaiting them. Everyone except Lucifer kneels before him, with the demon of pride refusing to kneel if it means never showing up again. Battler replies that the Sisters are a group of seven; someone being defiant means nobody gets a part. The rest of the Sisters insult Lucifer and force her to the ground, and they all plead for roles. Battler agrees, motioning for the Sisters to massage his shoulders; they do so, massaging his calves as well, and Battler relishes in his status as Game Master. However, he still wants to pay back Lucifer for all the times she gouged him in Episode 3, and the Sisters suggest he gouge into her instead. Leviathan remembers that Lucifer's weak spot is in her back, and Battler starts poking her around that area. After doing his business, Battler feels refreshed and promises to give parts to the Seven Sisters.

Virgilia reappears, having written down all of the demands Battler is responsible for. Battler looks through them, surprised that there are so many.

The list of demands is as follows:

Genji wants to make cocktails in the guesthouse lounge while a mid-boss character appears, saying something like “You should’ve died!” and showing how cool Genji was in the past.

Nanjo wants to perform a successful surgery using daily supplies and also have a fight scene involving using surgical tools as weapons.

Kumasawa wants to witness every major scene, using her long life experience to sense whenever things are out of place. She will then get killed by the culprit before she can do anything, requesting that it be a tearjerker and that dai make a new song.

Gohda wishes to cook lots of food, with his “dinner orchestra” being 50,000 characters long. Everyone will give his food a standing ovation, and even Natsuhi will give him a kiss on the cheek. He’ll also have a fight scene in the kitchen, starting out as a gun fight but turning into Gohda blowing the enemies away with his aikido techniques. His catchphrase will also be “I can’t lose in the kitchen!”

EVA-Beatrice will revive as a villain to surpass Erika, committing more murders and engaging in a fight with Battler that will need at least 100,000 characters of text. EVA will also have 5 new exclusive songs during her battle, and also wants to be the strongest character in the fighting game.

Krauss wants to have a battle against the Golden Witch in a fight over finances. Krauss will awaken as the Golden Sorcerer and exchange blows with business terminology, hoping that people will become business experts just by reading it. An imaginary scene of the servants acting as Krauss’ backup is shown, preparing for the Second World Financial Crisis.

Natsuhi wishes to have a calm romance story focused towards adults, receiving an engagement ring from a snowball Krauss throws at her.

Jessica doesn’t care about the mysteries and just wants an action chapter where she beats up villains with her brass knuckles; she’ll get cornered at the end but Kanon will gallantly save her, pointing towards an appendix for more details. She also wants Stephen Chow Sing-Chi to direct.

Hideyoshi wishes to make a biographical scene, detailing his return from the frontlines to find he has no home and no money. By building up goods by sneaking into warehouses and selling them on the black market, Hideyoshi’s success will begin rising. He points towards his book “Excitement! The Chronicles of an Exemplary Man’s One-man Struggles.~Stories of Success of a Restaurant Chain Owner~” for more details.

Eva wishes for a similar scene, detailing her attempts to revive the Ushiromiya family and be accepted as the next head. In the climax, Krauss and some hoodlums will attack Hideyoshi, but Eva will kick them away with her footwork. She wants Nobuko Miyamoto to be the lead actress if Eva herself can’t do it, and Juzo Itami to be the director.

George wants a peaceful depiction of how he and Shannon’s romance started since it still hasn’t been shown in the original work. On the day of the family conference many years ago, George’s hat blows away and flies along the beach. He and Shannon soon met and searched for the hat, chatting along the way. He heard Shannon longed to go to an aquarium and so George sets up with one of his curator friends for the two of them to visit when the aquarium’s closed. George would then apologize to her for two things: that she couldn’t see the crowds of people at the aquarium, and that he wasn’t actually wearing a hat.

Battler stops reading halfway through the list and Ronove reminds him that as the Game Master, he has to incorporate all of those into a single episode, and there isn't much time left. He has until Winter Comiket to finish it, and Virgilia tells him that this year’s winter will be quite cold, and it’s possible the factories in the mountains will shut down because of the snow and they won’t get the master disc in time. Ronove urges Battler to get writing, and then inserts a demand that he become a pirate captain and sail to the ends of the earth. Virgilia adds her own, wanting to host a 17-year-old and 1000-year-old commemoration concert. Battler inserts his own wish that everything turn out to be a dream, but is swiftly denied. Battler gets down and apologizes for his behavior, asking Virgilia and Ronove to help. They agree, but not without inserting more of their own demands; Virgilia suggests RudoBato and GohBato, and Ronove adds RonoBato to that list. Battler has no idea what they’re talking about and the two give devilish grins, ending with a letter from Battler asking for help writing Episode 6 and promising a prize.

Background Music

  • Final Answer
  • Novelette
  • ひだまり [In the Sun]
  • おもちゃ箱 [Toy Box]
  • Love Examination
  • 名探偵は知っている [The Great Detective Knows]
  • Happy_Maria!(Instrumental)
  • birth_of_new_witch(inst)
  • 胡散の香り [Fishy Aroma]
  • hope

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Jessica's Mother's Day Present

Jessica borrows Kinzo’s grimoire and draws a magic circle to summon the demons of love, Zepar and Furfur, so they can help her get a Mother’s Day present for Natsuhi. They immediately agree to help, thinking Jessica has strong love for her mother and that by getting Natsuhi a gift, it’ll make it easier for Jessica to pursue a relationship with Kanon. They think about which magical items to give, but Jessica tries rejecting their offers and just wants a normal carnation; Zepar and Furfur instead offer a small magic carnation that withers after one day and gives protection to the user. They assure that nothing bad will happen to the giver, and Jessica accepts.

Jessica gives the carnation to Natsuhi later, who accepts it with gratitude. The carnation was supposed to take effect the next day after giving it, which would be a Monday; Jessica can go to school and come home to see how it turns out. The next morning, Jessica greets her friends but says she’s suffering from headaches all of a sudden. Her friends ask if Jessica’s mother always had headaches and that it must be hereditary somehow. Jessica then remembers breakfast earlier that morning, where Natsuhi was incredibly happy and refreshed; the carnation must be taking Natsuhi’s troubles and giving them to Jessica. She accepts that this is an effect of a demon’s gift, and it’ll be the perfect way for Jessica to pay her debt to her mother.

Later, fights start breaking out between students at campus. Jessica was the student council president and was popular, often called in to stop fights whenever they happened. But for some reason, fights kept breaking out much more often than normal and focused around money troubles and shift issues. She remembers Natsuhi telling her about how servants often argued, and she’d come in to arbitrate it; another one of Natsuhi’s troubles has been passed on to Jessica, and she thinks the servants on the island must be getting along peacefully now.

At dinnertime, Jessica asks her mother how her day went; Natsuhi replies that it was very calm and peaceful, owing it to the good luck carnation she was given. The carnation was supposed to lose effect at midnight, and Jessica becomes relieved when that time passes and her headaches disappear. Zepar and Furfur return, having studied the instructions for the carnation and revealing it’s true effects, but Jessica says she already knows it takes misfortune and passes it to the giver. The demons are confused, saying the carnation was supposed to be a charm and doesn’t substitute anything; they leave to do more research, and Jessica resolves to pick out a gift by herself next time.

Zepar and Furfur discover that many years ago, Natsuhi had made a contract with some demon that probably involved an exchange and was set aside for one day because of the carnation. They probe some more and come upon the day that the contract was made, where Natsuhi was cradling the newborn Jessica. Natsuhi worries that her daughter will inherit the headaches she has and prays, wishing that Jessica’s misfortune be taken upon her. Natsuhi’s blood as a priestess enabled her to make a contract with some higher being somewhere, and Natsuhi’s headaches became those of two people.

Background Music

  • キ・ナの香り [Kina no Kaori]
  • cage
  • HANE [Feathers]
  • 夏の扉 [Doorway of Summer]
  • Love Examination

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Jessica and the Love Charm

Jessica summons the demons of love Zepar and Furfur once again, this time to help make up with her friend Saki. The demons misunderstand her and think she wishes to enact forbidden love between maidens, which they will happily assist with; Jessica corrects them, saying she just wants to make amends with Saki since they had an argument and haven’t talked in over a week. The demons begin pulling out magic items but Jessica wishes to have just a simple charm instead, receiving a spell grimoire in response. Zepar and Furfur say the grimoire has lots of simple spells that are easy enough for people like Jessica to use. She finds the page with reconciling magic on it, noting that it’s very similar to the spells they have in girl’s magazines; the demons reply that those magazines were all copied from demonic grimoires.

Zepar and Furfur go away and Jessica tries out the reconciling spell, which requires her to think of the person she wants to make amends with, wear her socks inside out, and then privately give them her favorite candy. Jessica has no idea how this makes sense, but decides to go through with it since magic is all about believing. The next day, Jessica calls Saki over to the corner of the hallway where nobody can see and gives her the candy. Saki apologizes for their argument and Jessica apologizes as well, and then her inside-out socks are noticed. She tries to brush it off as her being in a hurry, and Saki laughs.

Jessica, happy that the reconciling spell worked, thinks about trying other spells in the grimoire. She sees one to make the caster dream of the person they love, hoping that Kanon will appear in her dreams. Jessica performs the spell and goes to sleep. She wakes up the next morning impressed and excited by how powerful the spell is, dreaming of having tea and talking with Kanon as Shannon brings them cookies. Zepar and Furfur suddenly reappear, happy that she’s using their grimoire for love. Jessica wants to use one more spell in the book, and the demons know which one she’s thinking of: a spell to make Kanon dream of her. The spell requires her to drop three drops of water on her pillow, then jump up and down three times.

Having completed the spell, Jessica meets Kanon the next morning to see if it worked. She asks if Kanon dreamed of anything, but the servant replies that his dreams were gray like TV static. Kanon doesn’t seem to show any newfound interest in Jessica, and she wonders if she did the spell wrong. She complains to Zepar and Furfur, who say the spell should’ve worked if Jessica did it right. Jessica swears she followed the instructions properly and points to a picture of a witch doing an incantation, chanting <Orihsot, Orihsot>. The demons asks who <Toshiro> is, and Jessica swears she’s heard that name before. They explain that the picture was just an example and that Jessica needed to chant the name of the person she loves backwards, which in this case would be <Nonak, Nonak>. Jessica is disappointed, but she swears that she will make Kanon fall for her without magical methods. Zepar and Furfur bid her good luck and disappear.

Meanwhile, <Toshiro> Gohda is in the kitchen trying to make sense of the dream he had last night. For some reason, he dreamed of Jessica talking with him about planning a vacation and being all romantic with him. He brushes off this dream of forbidden love between master and servant and tries to focus on his cooking, giving Jessica cantaloupe for dinner.

Background Music

  • Happy_Maria!(Instrumental)
  • HANE [Feathers]
  • birth_of_new_witch(inst)
  • Praise
  • 夏の扉 [Doorway of Summer]
  • キ・ナの香り [Kina no Kaori]

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Memoirs of the ΛΔ

Lambdadelta reminisces about her past. Boredom is poison for witches, so Lambda often goes out to grant humans’ wishes. She hopes to come across humans with unexpected wishes but winds up becoming disappointed, comparing them to tea leaves; without them, black tea is just hot water, and too many tea leaves will make it undrinkable. Lambda tries to find just the right amount of tea leaves in the humans she meets. She secretly sets an hourglass and expects a human to make a wish in 5 minutes. If the timer runs out, she leaves.

Most of the humans who do make wishes end up being annoying to Lambda. Those that wish for more wishes seem like they want to be creator-like, taking something finite and making it infinite. Lambda just grants them the wish and disappears, leaving them to think about their thousands of wishes and not granting them until the day they die.

Another boring wish is to have more money. A traveller in the desert can’t eat or drink money, and the things that can be gained with money are limited by the rules of the currency system. People also wish for love and happiness, and Lambda just tells them they already are loved and happy; love and happiness fill the world, yet there are people who don’t understand it.

“I want a power that doesn’t lose to anyone.” Lambda muses that there’s no point in having the will to beat someone if there’s no opposition; she can grant all sorts of amazing wishes yet most humans can’t imagine past the limits of their society.

Out of all these humans, there’s one little girl that Lambda took a great interest in. This girl wished that all of her efforts would definitely come true. Lambda got a little confused at this; it sounded like the girl wanted to have infinite wishes, but the look in her eyes stood out from all the rest. Lambda’s hourglass ran out, but she decided to listen to the girl’s story some more. The girl had a dream she definitely wanted to make come true, and she wanted Lambda to make her believe in it. Lambda asks what her ultimate goal is, and the girl replies: “I will become a god.” Lambda granted her wish on the spot, guaranteeing that her endeavors would certainly come true. The girl’s determination is fate, but Lambda’s wish has a weak point in that if the girl were to waver in her efforts, her fate would most certainly change. Even so, Lambda would have turned the girl into a god if she just said “turn me into a god,” but her mind would end up dispersing.

In the end, Lambda thinks she may have overestimated the girl, but it didn’t matter since it resulted in the creation of a new witch being sent to her.

In all the worlds Lambda went to afterwards, no other humans were as special as that girl; not until she found another one. This one wanted to become a witch. Lambda was excited to hear words like this, and she listened to the kid’s story. The kid wants to bring forth any wish they want, claiming that they already are a witch. This kid had the same determination as that girl back then, wishing to fulfill all of their endeavors. Lambda asks the kid if they have what it takes to stand up to the Witch of Certainty, telling them that they should still be a witch even if nobody recognizes them as such. The kid knows they are transcending human territory, and they want another witch to acknowledge them as such. Lambda asks what the kid will do if she says no, and they reply that they will make Lambda accept them. Impressed by this declaration, Lambda takes a look through the wannabe witch’s compendium and sees the huge compendium of magic they’ve created; it’s still incomplete but Lambda knows the kid is working to improve it and may yet reach it in time. This compendium is even more impressive since, as witches seek more freedom and power, they begin to drift away from the human world; this kid had accomplished all of that and still remained a human. Making her decision, Lambda uses her name as the Witch of Certainty to declare that this kid is a witch, becoming their guardian for as long as their “absolute magic world” becomes absolute. Lambda goes to invite a friend over to share in this black tea that she’s cultivated.

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  • one
  • l&d-circulation

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Notes from a Certain Chef

Gohda writes in his diary about the time he first came to Rokkenjima, amazed at the vastness of the island and how he never thought his skills as a chef would lead to him working for a multi-millionaire family. A few years ago, Gohda had worked in a restaurant in a high-class hotel where the cooks got along nicely while competing over their skills. One day, the head chef suddenly retired due to illness, and the replacement was the kind of person who seemed more interested in appeasing the higher-ups instead of polishing their own cooking skills. The other cooks working under the new head chef began to dislike him, Gohda included. They tried to stage a coup d'etat and gave resignation letters to the hotel as a protest, but in hindsight Gohda realized that that was a very reckless thing to do; the assistant chefs clearly weren’t actually going to quit and were just excited about raising a ruckus. The chefs were all dissuaded from resigning at the last minute, but Gohda didn’t understand and ended up getting fired. Despite his inexperience, Gohda tried to use his standing as a former chef at a well-established restaurant and tried searching for new jobs on the same level as the hotel; details of the protest spread, asking other places not to hire anyone involved with the overthrowing of the head chef, and Gohda was unable to get hired anywhere.

One day, Gohda received a call from an acquaintance and learned about a multi-millionaire searching for a live-in cook. Most skilled cooks are already attached to somewhere else and wouldn’t just resign for a high salary, which made this the perfect opportunity for the jobless Gohda. He thus joined the screening process for the Ushiromiya family chef, going to Rokkenjima and seeing several other prospective chefs, all younger than him. In the end, Gohda was selected to become the chef, signing a contract where he cannot make food for anyone except those connected to the Ushiromiya family; it was things like this that inflated Gohda’s pride.

Gohda then writes about the legend of the Golden Witch. Places all over Japan have supernatural stories and curses tied to them, and the hotel Gohda worked at also had such stories; hearing about the Golden Witch, he merely smiled. However, Gohda notes that this story is a bit different from other places, as the other servants blindly accepted this story to be real. Gohda was still very skeptical, taking a break one night when the house was quiet when he noticed a silhouette going towards the grand staircase. Krauss and Natsuhi were supposed to be asleep by now, and this silhouette seemed to be wearing nightclothes; the family wears formal clothes even inside the house, so it’s strange for one of them to be walking the halls in pajamas. Gohda’s belief in Beatrice begins to increase after this.

The next day, Gohda asks Kanon about the Golden Witch and if he’s ever experienced anything similar to what Gohda saw that night. Kanon pauses, and then says he saw a golden butterfly one time. Gohda remembers that the servants are not supposed to chase after any golden butterflies they see, lest they incur Beatrice’s wrath; a servant chased them and retired after having a serious injury. Gohda apologizes for taking Kanon’s time, concluding that he saw Natsuhi or Jessica walking around in pajamas; Kanon tells him that they would never do that. Gohda swears he saw a woman wearing a white negligee, and Kanon replies that their masters don’t have any clothes like that. Kanon sees the look of denial on Gohda’s face and reminds him not to do anything to profane Beatrice. He begins telling his own story of how he doubted Beatrice but came to believe after witnessing something only witches could do. One day, Kanon was cleaning up the garden storehouse and forgot to return the key to the servant’s room, going to sleep with it still in his pocket. There was only one key to the storehouse, so nobody could open it during the night; nevertheless, Kanon opened it back up the next day to find everything a mess and a magic circle drawn with red paint on the floor. Gohda thinks it might’ve been an elaborate prank instead. He claims the other servants tried to tease Kanon by drawing a circle in the storehouse, and there was a spare key Kanon didn’t know about. Kanon doesn’t object to this theory, and Gohda starts feeling like a detective, having criticized Beatrice. However, the look on Kanon’s face made him feel as though he’d regret it someday.

Some time later, Kinzo, Krauss, and the rest of the family went on a trip. The servant shifts got changed and one day, only Gohda and Genji were on duty in the mansion. Genji was doing paperwork in the servants room while Gohda went on a stroll through the rose garden, thoroughly enjoying himself. With only two servants on the island, Gohda had an easy time making meals, and even had a chance to clean the kitchen. Later, Genji was making his rounds and Gohda was resting in the servants room when the phone starts ringing. It’s the middle of the night, and Genji would never call this late, even if it was important; Gohda picks up to hear Genji telling him to come to the kitchen. Genji is normally very serious, but Gohda hearing the tone of his voice and how nervous he was made him realize that it was important.

Gohda heads to the kitchen to find the formerly-clean workplace now a mess; pots and bowls are piled up on top of each other, and spoons and ladles are arranged in a circle with some red blood-like paint surrounding it all, forming a magic circle. He remembers Kanon’s story of finding a similar thing in the garden storehouse, and Genji tells him they need to clean it up and hide it from the other servants. Gohda thinks about who could’ve done this: he and Genji are the only people on Rokkenjima currently, and Gohda would never dirty up the kitchen after cleaning it, so it must be Genji. But then, why would Genji do it? What does he have to gain by pulling a prank like this, and why is he helping clean up if that were the case? He figures that the Golden Witch Beatrice could be the only possible answer, and then asks Genji when he noticed this. Genji was finishing his rounds and about to return to the servants room when he saw the kitchen door was open. Gohda considers that a burglar did it, but the old servant reminds him that everything is locked, and there’s no way a burglar would come all the way to Rokkenjima. Gohda then tells him about Kanon’s story and asks if this kind of thing happens often. Genji, with a grim look on his face, confirms that this prank does happen occasionally. He tells Gohda never to tell anyone about this, and that Kanon will be punished for revealing this story. Gohda blurts out if Beatrice was really responsible for this, and Genji tells him not to take that name lightly; servants who call that name recklessly don’t last very long, and it’d be a shame to lose Gohda’s cooking skills.

Gohda agrees to follow this advice, and Genji tells him that it was indeed Beatrice, as many other events in the past were unexplainable by humans. A servant who chased a golden butterfly went towards a door she had already closed, and turned around to find a magic circle drawn on the wall. Genji helped her clean it up and hide it from the servants, and she ended up getting a high fever and retired. Gohda says the servant could’ve been responsible and tried to prank her friends, and Genji tells him to focus on the kitchen. Afterwards, Gohda tried to forget about through drinking some alcohol, and writes that even in the later days, he still gets the uneasy feeling that something will happen every time he enters the kitchen. He wishes to never go through an experience like that ever again, signing off as Beatrice suddenly appears, saying he’ll definitely go through that again.

Background Music

  • 月夜 [Moonlit Night]
  • wingless
  • Novelette
  • witch_in_gold(cembalo)
  • 透百合 [Sukashiyuri]
  • suspicion
  • mind
  • Closed My Heart
  • play
  • dead angle

Characters appearing

Labor Thanksgiving Day Gifts

November 23rd is Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan. It’s a day for commemorating labor, and children are encouraged to get gifts for their parents to thank them for their hard work. Battler, Jessica, George, and Maria are gathered in a coffee shop. Maria proudly presents something she made in school: an envelope with a coupon for shoulder massages. It lasts for a month and can only be used for 30 minutes before 9:00 PM; it was a way for Maria to tell Rosa to come home from work quickly. Battler sees George is carrying luggage and figures that it’s a gift for his parents; George says his dad needed a new wallet and picked up an expensive kitchen knife for his mom. Eva seemed very shrewd and intimidating at the family conferences, but at home she greatly enjoyed cooking, often inviting the women of the neighborhood over for house parties. The cousins ask how much the knife was, only be floored when they hear it cost 200,000 yen. George was working an apprenticeship under Hideyoshi at his company learning to handle money, and he was receiving a modest salary and saving it appropriately. George says the price or the quality of the gift isn’t what matters, but the feelings they put into them. Battler and Jessica start thinking; Battler hasn’t had the best relationship with Rudolf, but he still had some respect for him. Jessica felt gratitude towards her parents, but she would never say it aloud. Maria calls it magic, giving a present and expressing all of their feelings in physical form. Jessica then decides to get a present for Krauss, hoping it’ll break tensions between them and get her a guitar.

George offers going as a group to the department store, and the cousins wholeheartedly agree. Battler thinks about what to get for Rudolf while Jessica settles on a padded kimono. Natsuhi demands that her family present themselves inside the mansion as if they were in public, and so Krauss’ shoulders get really stiff and he secretly complains about it. Battler finally decides on an electric shaver, saying Rudolf actually has thick facial hair and complains about looking like Kinzo if he doesn’t shave.

Meanwhile, Beatrice is annoyed at Virgilia’s story about the cousins, thinking it’s going to end happily. MARIA likes the story but Beato wants it to have a twist, asking Ronove for validation.

Beato asks her teacher to let her mess with the story but Virgilia is unwilling to let her change it, relenting after making her promise that the story will still have a happy ending. Virgilia hopes she doesn’t replace the cousins’ gifts with anything inappropriate, and Beato assures her that she’s just going to switch their presents around. There would be confusion when the parents got the wrong presents, but Virgilia made absolutely sure that Beato wasn’t doing anything inappropriate. Beato casts her magic on the gameboard, forming her own version of the Labor Day Thanksgiving story.

George gives his gifts to his parents. Hideyoshi loves his new wallet, and George tells Eva to open hers in the kitchen, saying it’ll be useful. Eva begins unwrapping her present, and Beato suddenly chimes in to say that she’ll be getting Jessica’s present instead. Eva pulls out a padded kimono, finding it cheap looking but also sensible housewear; how it fit in such a small box is unknown. Eva puts on the kimono and her similarly-colored oven mitts and presents her new gift to the family while holding a hotpot. She wholeheartedly thanks her son for the gift as George wonders how his present could’ve possibly been switched.

Naturally, Jessica’s gift to Krauss was something different as well. Being too shy to give it directly, Jessica left it outside of Krauss’ study for him to find. Their family never had a tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving Day, so the idea of giving presents was sudden. Jessica sits in the parlor, nervously waiting for Krauss to find his gift. Natsuhi appears and comments on how fidgety Jessica is being, telling her that Krauss should be coming out of his study soon. They drink some tea, and Jessica fantasizes about this heartwarming family moment, thinking about Krauss coming down wearing the kimono and thanking her, and Jessica hinting at wanting a guitar. Jessica ends her fantasy and Krauss then appears, not wearing the kimono. He thanks Jessica for the gift and she wonders what’s going on, as Krauss should’ve read the atmosphere and wore the kimono down. Krauss motions that his shoulders are stiff and asks Jessica to massage them, but she blows him off and storms out of the parlor. Krauss looks concerned before realizing that it’s after 9:00 PM, hoping to try again tomorrow. Natsuhi asks what he means, and she’s shown the coupon for massages that Maria was supposed to give.

Battler had actually talked with Kyrie beforehand about the gift for Rudolf, and they decided to chip in together for it. However, Rudolf had a meeting scheduled for the next few days and was staying overnight at his company, so Kyrie passed the gift over to one of his secretaries to give to him later. The next day, Rudolf enters his office to see the gift at his desk. A note is included, saying “To Rudolf-san, with our everyday feelings. Kyrie & Battler.” Rudolf begins unwrapping his present when the phone suddenly rings. He picks up and talks to the operator on the other end, asking to transfer the call while enforcing complete secrecy. After getting transferred, Rudolf starts talking very casually; he’s cheating once again and talking to another beautiful lady. While they chat, Rudolf opens up his present and finds a sharp knife waiting for him. Rudolf wonders why Battler and Kyrie would send him such a thing and reads their note again, seeing that it was sent “with our everyday feelings”. Rudolf’s girlfriend hears he’s gone quiet and asks what’s wrong, and he suddenly tells her that some urgent business has come up and to not contact him for a few days, yelling that he’s going to be killed.

Meanwhile, Rosa is at her company and takes a call from Maria despite telling her not to call while she’s at work. She tells Maria that she’s busy with a presentation and can’t go home for a few days as her subordinates start gossiping, saying Rosa’s not even busy and had found a new boyfriend Akihito. They mention that Akihito has a thick beard and laugh about it, and Rosa yells at them to get back to work. Rosa goes back to her call and asks Maria what’s up; Maria put a gift in Rosa’s lunch bag since she works very hard and comes home so late. Rosa then remembers going home for a bit and Maria tried giving her the gift then; she must’ve secretly put it in her lunch bag. Rosa had gone home as atonement since she was going to be spending the next few days with her new boyfriend and convinced Maria it was for work. She regrets being a terrible mother and keeping secret relationships like this, but she still wants to be a woman and experience love. She thinks about Akihito and his beard and how he needs to shave it, opening her present to find the electric razor. She asks Maria what this present is, and Maria tells her that it’s a gift, laughing evilly. Maria says it’s the perfect gift Rosa needs right now, and that making Mama happy is her greatest pleasure. With such a mysterious present, Rosa started coming home right on time every day and eating dinner with Maria, living happily ever after.

MARIA loves the story and how happy Maria became, and Virgilia is relieved that the story ended well, citing the moral to be the importance of heart. Beato then conjures a present out of thin air, presenting it to Virgilia so they could celebrate Thanksgiving Day too. Ronove already received his gift, and Beato excitedly tells Virgilia to open hers. However, Virgilia knows that Beato already swapped the gifts and wanted to end things with a bang. She opens hers and expects to find a red loincloth only to find a coloring book instead. It’s a coloring book for adults, containing masterpieces from around the world and a set of colored pencils; Ronove is jealous, having wanted that for a long time. Virgilia thanks Beato, saying she was fooled into thinking Beato really did give her some odd object. Beato laughs, saying she did give her Ronove’s present by mistake, and then the coloring book’s cover slides off to reveal the real title: “Fun Brain Activities! A Coloring Book for the Middle-Aged. A Way to Always Stay Young!” In a rare occurrence, both of Virgilia’s eyes open, and thunder starts raging in the Golden Land. Beatrice mocks her, saying she meant to give it to Ronove but gave it to Virgilia instead, and that the heart of the gift is what matters according to her. Virgilia asks the demon butler what he got, who replies that he received hyaluronic acid drinks, perfect for his aching knees. Virgilia then calls forth a magical army, forcing Beato to do the same. The witches quarrel, and the story truly ends with a bang.

Background Music

  • 夏の扉 [Doorway of Summer]
  • HANE [Feathers]
  • オルガン小曲 第2億番 ハ短調 [Organ Short #200 Million in C Minor]
  • far
  • Novelette
  • Towering_cloud_in_summer
  • over
  • くるり [About Face]
  • Happy_Maria!(Instrumental)
  • ひだまり [In the Sun]
  • あかいくつ偽 [Fake Red Shoes]

Characters appearing

The Seven Sisters' Valentine

Ronove hosts a cooking show, making a cauldron full of Valentine’s Day chocolate. He pours it into bite-sized circles and puts on the finishing touches amidst a round of applause. Ronove loads the chocolate into a box meant for Beatrice, with plenty to spare; he motions for the Seven Sisters to come out of hiding. Belphegor apologizes for spying on him but Ronove forgives them, saying it’s only natural for young maidens such as the Sisters to be interested in Valentine’s Day. Beelzebub wants to eat the chocolate but is stopped by Ronove telling her it’s supposed to be a gift; he’s sharing the chocolate with the Sisters so they can give it to somebody, no matter the gender.

The Stakes set out to find recipients for their chocolates, and Asmodeus has already settled on Amakusa. She flies into a building that Amakusa’s at, being very upfront with her gift-giving. The other Sisters comment on how courageous Asmodeus is as Amakusa takes it, asking if it’s homemade. Asmo says it is, made especially for him. The Sisters know that she lied about it being handmade, which Leviathan compares to a Devil’s Proof. Beelzebub wants to eat hers immediately, but then hears Amakusa is going to return the favor on White Day.

Spurred on by the idea that she can receive much more than she gives on White Day, Beelzebub heads out to find Gohda. The chef awkwardly accepts the chocolate, and after eating it, he comes to an epiphany. Upon hearing that Beelzebub “handmade” the chocolate, Gohda declares that he will go to Belgium for training, not wanting to be beaten in taste by such a young girl.

Mammon decides on her recipient as well, splitting it between Sakutaro and Ange. After hearing that Ange is out shopping, Mammon and Sakutaro agree to wait for her and surprise her, wanting to invite MARIA as well. Lucifer sees that the Sisters have been giving chocolate from youngest to oldest, so Belphegor decies she’s up next. She has no connection to any particular human except for Rudolf, who she fought in Episode 3 during an old-fashioned duel. Even though Rudolf is married, Belphe hopes he’ll accept her chocolate as an acknowledgement of a worthy opponent. Rudolf voices his concern for Belphe after seeing the way she went out in Episode 3, and the demon is surprised that anyone would worry about someone like her. He moves in close and whispers something to her, much to the dismay of the other Sisters; Satan tells everyone not to watch only to find Leviathan missing.

Leviathan was doing a similar thing as Belphegor, giving chocolate to her former enemy. Kyrie compliments her for the delicious chocolate, and Levia tells her Rudolf said the same thing about Belphe’s chocolate. The demon shares all the details, and Kyrie heads out while calculating her envy.

Satan, too, tries to give chocolate to her former enemy only for Kanon to reject it. She fervently tries to make Kanon accept her chocolate, who deploys his magic sword in response. Jessica suddenly appears, dropping her gift box and equipping her brass knuckles at the sight of the demonic stake. The two who are close drive Satan away, who throws down her chocolate box and disappears in frustration. Kanon wants to dispose of Satan’s chocolate but Jessica says she’ll do it herself, motioning that she had a gift of her own. Kanon is confused as to why Satan’s gift caused such a rise in Jessica while the demon returns to her sisters and gets teased for it.

Lucifer is the last one to give her chocolate, and she becomes concerned about failing after seeing Satan. She thinks about giving it to George, but Shannon would get in the way; secretly disposing of it would work too, but Satan suddenly interrupt her, having ended her torment by the others. As Luci worries over what to do, Battler suddenly walks in and sees the Valentine’s box she’s holding. She uses this opportunity to give Battler her chocolate, who takes it with a smile. He eats it and compliments her for the taste, and he leaves after promising to return the favor for White Day. The Sisters all report their success to Ronove, who sends them off and muses that the variety the chocolates had given to their day was much sweeter than the chocolates themselves. He then calls for Beatrice to be shown on camera, who has the box of chocolates Ronove made earlier and is searching for Battler. She finally finds him and presents the box of chocolates to him, who tries one. Beato claims it’s handmade, but Battler realizes that it tastes the same as Lucifer’s chocolate. He asks if Beato really did handmake her chocolate, asking her to repeat in red that “this chocolate was handmade by Beatrice.” She’s unable to respond, and Battler determines that she got it from Lucifer, leaving after calling the Golden Witch a liar. She knows Lucifer was responsible for ruining things, and prepares a punishment for her; Beato appears ominously after Lucifer receives her White Day gift from Battler.

Background Music

  • Love Examination
  • HANE [Feathers]
  • far
  • dir
  • さくたろうの頑張り物語 [Sakutarou's Adventure]
  • Monochrome Clock
  • くるり [About Face]
  • 夏の扉 [Doorway of Summer]
  • Happy_Maria!(Instrumental)
  • Praise
  • birth_of_new_witch(inst)

Characters Appearing

Beatrice's White Day

The Seven Sisters are excited now that White Day is here, and Asmodeus and Beelzebub can barely contain their excitement at receiving gifts from their valentines. Mammon’s planning to have a White Day tea party with Ange and Sakutaro while Belphegor and Leviathan have dates with their rivals. Satan is sure she won’t get a gift back since Kanon never accepted her chocolate, but the man himself appears and gives her a gift box, wanting to return the favor. As Lucifer thinks about how this suits the kind of relationship Kanon and Satan have, Battler suddenly appears with a gift for her, some fancy tea wrapped in a box. Lucifer moves to open her present and sees the golden butterfly brooch adorning the ribbon, but the butterfly suddenly flies off and transforms into Beatrice, much to Battler’s surprise. Beato pleads with Battler, asking why he didn’t get her a gift for White Day, and he replies the gift was for Lucifer since he accepted chocolate from her. Beato insists that she gave Battler something, but he thought it was stolen from Lucifer and gave it right back; Beato then remembers she ate it all with her tea after getting it back. Even still, Beato begs for Battler to give her something but is refused yet again. Battler makes a point of thanking Lucifer once again for her chocolate, and the demon tries to explain herself only for her present to suddenly explode. Beato, the perpetrator of the prank, rolls around laughing amidst insults by Battler; she declares that if she won’t get any presents for White Day, then it may as well not exist, cackling and disappearing.

Beato then summons Chiester 45 and Chiester 00. 00 is filling in for 410 because she’s part of the Heavenly Sniper Exchange Program, and Beato is surprised to hear that Love Snipers have to do so much work. Beatrice announces “Operation: White Day Annihilation,” and the Chiesters fire at her targets.

The first target is Amakusa’s gift box, which he’d just handed to Asmodeus. The present explodes, and Amakusa manages to protect the demon of lust from harm. The next target is Amakusa himself, who gets shot through and lets out one last <Cool> before dying in Asmo’s arms. Gohda’s prepared a full course of chocolate for Beelzebub, which explodes before she has the chance to taste it. Gohda is convinced that he’s made a mistake somewhere and returns to Belgium for training, much to Beelze’s dismay. Ange made some pancakes for her and Mammon’s tea party, which are summarily destroyed by the Chiesters’ golden bow. Mammon bursts into the room to investigate the noise, and Ange is convinced that she cooked them too long. Mammon is relieved to see Sakutaro is unharmed, and thinks someone from the alliance is targeting them.

Rudolf and Belphegor are out shopping together, and Rudolf takes a hit for the demon, thinking someone was trying to assassinate her. He asks to be revived with a kiss, but Belphe tries to reject him and get medical help but is pulled in by Rudolf anyway. Kyrie and Leviathan were nearby, stalking them the entire time. Kyrie becomes the next target of the Chiesters but Levia takes the hit. Kyrie wants to get her to a hospital but Levia asks her to inflict divine wrath on her husband, motioning towards Rudolf and Belphegor’s moment; Kyrie walks towards them while making even more calculations. Satan received a bottle of perfume from Kanon, which gets blown up. She tries to keep herself together, telling herself Kanon isn’t any ordinary rival, but Satan eventually breaks down.

Battler becomes the final target for Beatrice’s wrath, who sees the shot coming and puts up his Endless Nine barrier. The Chiesters are unable to pierce his barrier and request another target, and Battler soon appears, discovering that Beatrice is the one destroying everyone’s White Day. The witch cackles, sending away the Chiesters and saying there’s no point in White Day if she doesn’t get anything. She declares that for seven years, months, and days, Valentine’s Day and White Day will be destroyed by her, willing to change her mind if Battler gives her something. Battler refuses oyet again, saying Valentine’s Day and White Day are all about sharing the feelings in people’s hearts, not excuses to get gifts from people. Beato thinks he’s saying she doesn’t meet the qualifications for White Day, and Battler says she never did and never will; he adds that “I will never, ever, from this day forward, get you something for White Day!

Accepting this declaration, Beato announces that she hates Valentine’s Day and White Day and will do all in her power to destroy them, leaving. She reappears where Virgilia and Ronove are and breaks down crying, just wanting to get something for White Day too. Virgilia offers words of reassurance as Beato accuses Ronove of ruining it, having been called a liar because of his chocolate. The demon butler replies that he made it under her orders, asking if it was delicious. The witch replies that it was, and Virgilia tells her not to blame Ronove; Beato tries pushing it onto Lucifer, who lied to Battler in the first place, and Ronove tells her Beato tried to do the exact same thing. Her companions tell her that giving Valentine’s Day chocolate requires a certain amount of elegance, and coercing people into giving them gifts on White Day is in opposition to that. Beato finally accepts that she’s messed up, and cries even harder. Virgilia says that by putting her feelings into a gift, whether by handmaking it or buying it at the store, Battler will reciprocate on White Day.

Beato doesn’t want to go an entire year having Battler coldly stare at her, and Virgilia then offers to use a special spell to send Beato back in time to before Valentine’s Day. Beato and Ronove are amazed that Virgilia could use such a spell, and the old witch tells her that as long as Beato believes in the spell, it will work for her. Beato accepts this and Virgilia casts the spell, sending the Golden Witch to the kitchen. In actuality, she and Ronove were changing all of the calendars to say it was the month before, with the Stakes helping out. None the wiser, Beatrice gets to work making chocolate.

Even after spending hours trying and failing, Beato remains steadfast in her efforts when Gaap suddenly emerges from the refrigerator. She asks why Beato is making Valentine’s chocolate when it’s White Day, and Beatrice stops for a moment. Gaap realizes what she’s said and leaves just as suddenly as she appeared. Realizing that she’d been tricked, Beatrice cries once again, lamenting how she easily fell for such a lie, having gotten this close to finishing her chocolate. begins having a meltdown until Battler arrives. She considers throwing out her chocolate when Battler suddenly appears, having heard what Beato was up to. They share an awkward silence, and Beato remembers Virgilia’s words of believing in the magic or else it will break. Beatrice proudly declares that she’s making chocolate for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, hoping that the man she gives them to will give a present back. Battler reassures her that the man will give one back, even if the red truth is used. He then gives a blue, saying, “White Day is on the same day as Valentine’s Day, just a month later. So, tomorrow, when the man accepts your chocolate, he’ll reciprocate a month from the day it’s given.” If Valentine’s is the next day and Beato gives the man her chocolate, then the man can reciprocate a month later since that day technically isn’t White Day, thus respecting the red truth. Beato asks Battler’s help with making chocolate since he interrupted her stirring, and they share a heartwarming moment, baking together.

Background Music

  • 弦楽四重奏曲第一番ト長調-I.Allegro [String Quarter #1 in G Major - I. Allegro]
  • 白い影 [White Shadow]
  • 夏の扉 [Doorway of Summer]
  • オルガン小曲 第6億番 ハ短調 [Organ Short #600 Million in C Minor]
  • 黒のリリアナ [Black Liliana]
  • Dread_of_the_grave
  • エンドレスナイン [Endless Nine]
  • mother
  • cage
  • hope
  • worldend(bp)
  • 青い蝶 [Blue Butterfly]

Characters appearing

Cornelia the New Priest

Many kids have dreams of joining the Great Court of Heaven, responsible for upholding the law. Cornelia is one such kid who managed to make it and become an Inquisitor Aide, much to nobody’s surprise. Cornelia had many expectations of what being an Inquisitor is like, but she never expected to have so much free time. Top Inquisitors are very busy, but Cornelia’s department was much slower when it came to workloads. The atmosphere was also incredibly loose, as Cornelia would always speak to her superiors and coworkers with court language while they talked normally. Cornelia tries telling her superior that court language must be used while on duty, but he tells her they changed the regulations and now it must be used outside the office.

This first day contained blow after blow to Cornelia’s spirit, who at a young age begged her parents to let her take a weekly court language conversation class; she used court language every day of her life to prove she wanted to be an Inquisitor, only to be told it wasn’t all that necessary.

Even so, Cornelia got high marks in her examinations, which made accepting her into the Great Court a matter of course. But instead of getting placed in Repentance Enforcement with the SSVD under the direction of Wizard-Hunting Wright, or Eiserne Jungfrau under Dlanor A. Knox, Cornelia got put into General Affairs, which did paperwork. It was a weak start, but Cornelia believed that by working diligently, she could someday get transferred to an enforcement department. Cornelia dreamed of becoming a full-fledged Inquisitor of Heresy, receiving a dangling-eared hat that would put her current earless hat to shame. Later, Cornelia watches her coworkers, hoping to pick up on good habits, but comes up with nothing. A Minister asks Cornelia to call and order lunch for him and some coworkers, and her insistence on using court language causes her to mess up their orders.

In the bathroom, Cornelia looks in the mirror and thinks about how different the real world is from her training, and another voice tells her, “it will escape.” She turns around to see Gertrude, a Senior Aide, who’s trying to cheer her up. Gertrude says it several more times, and Cornelia asks what she means; every time she sighs, a little bit of happiness escapes. Cornelia thinks about the roundabout way Gertrude took to say that and how difficult the conversation seemed to be for her, and if someone like her can become a Senior Aide then Cornelia can become one too. Gertrude then tells her to relax her posture, saying Inquisitors are meant to root out heresy, not speak in court language. Cornelia apologizes, having never said a colloquialism in a long time, and Gertrude shows her a bulletin notice talking about accepting proposals for volunteer public projects. Renewed with passion and a deadline approaching, Cornelia decides to make a proposal. It was soon going to be Halloween, where restrictions between the human world and spirit world became much more relaxed, sometimes leading to trouble with petty crimes. Cornelia decided to use this as a basis for Project: Law and Order at Halloween.

The time to present the project arrives, and Cornelia prints out several copies and hands them to the staff. Demons and apparitions like to cause trouble on Halloween, and to that end Cornelia wants the Great Court to not overlook the situation. The Great Court needs to be exemplary when upholding law and order; intoxication can lead to violent behavior, so Cornelia proposes that usage of alcohol by Court members be prohibited during Halloween, throwing in smoking as well. The crowd goes through a lot of chatter, most of them being heavy drinkers and smokers, and someone asks if they’ll get exceptions for the moon-viewing party next week; Cornelia wants them to submit a written application if they want exceptions. The moon-viewing party was important for socializing and building relationships throughout the Court workers, but Cornelia saw it as a hotbed of evil. She also wants workers to raise public awareness by standing at train stations and such, which creates even more chatter because of the prospect of overtime work.

In the end, the ban on smoking and drinking didn’t go through because they’re rights outlined in the Constitution, which would’ve been seen as a human rights violation; rather, they are “endeavored to be prohibited.” Overtime work was not required, but workers were encouraged to “endeavor” to participate. Cornelia’s project had “endeavor” applied all over it, and she approved the changes without thinking about what it meant. The next day, nothing in the office changed at all, much to Cornelia’s dismay. She gets called to pick up boxes of public awareness tissues that were made as part of her project, and Cornelia needed to get rid of them by next week. She carries boxes out to the shopping district and hands them out, all alone. Her usage of court language made it difficult to convey to passersby what she wanted them to support, and her attempts to use colloquial language makes it even more difficult. To Cornelia, court language was a symbol of her dreams, and having to use normal speech feels like bending her beliefs. At the end of the day, Cornelia successful distributes half a box of tissues, leaving five left that had to be taken care of. She had ordered so many because she thought it was the right thing to do and assumed others would want to help. Day after day, Cornelia’s tissues wind down, up until the day of the moon-viewing. Cornelia was the only person who didn’t sign up for the moon-viewing party, so she returns to her spot to distribute more tissues. There’s still so many tissues left, and she thinks about letting the police take care of them. Gertrude suddenly appears, accepting a tissue and telling Cornelia, “Reality is often different from one’s ideals.” Cornelia realized that her dream job is not at all what it was really like, having ignored reality in lieu of her dreams. Gertrude then offers her two options: either she changes the world, or she changes herself. Cornelia is unable to answer and ruminates some more when Gertrude tells her to sit down. The two of them sit down and gaze up at the moon, which is full and brightly shining. Gertrude gives one last statement, saying ideals cannot be achieved alone, and people will not listen to ideals. Cornelia takes that to mean that people won’t listen to ideals or others, but will listen to friends; by talking to friends about her ideals, they may offer help.

In the end, Gertrude managed to take care of the last few tissue boxes, and Cornelia learned that she was an acquaintance of the chief clerk; as a newcomer, Gertrude was similar to Cornelia and had asked the chief for advice. Cornelia had taken Gertrude’s words to heart, being similar girls, and Cornelia feels like uniting her ideals with reality is important to becoming an adult. Cornelia’s new dream is to become an adult; once she does that, maybe then she can become an Inquisitor of Heresy.

The next day, Cornelia speaks with the chief clerk, this time colloquially. She wanted to start anew, and the chief smiles at this prospect. She tells Cornelia that being an adult is all about looking at the life ahead of her, and life is long. The chief also invites Cornelia to join them for a group lunch the next day, telling her to leave her lunchbox at home. This is what Cornelia’s first few days on the job was like, long before she became a member of Eiserne Jungfrau.

Meanwhile, all the tissue boxes had been divided between Gertrude’s colleagues, and a big pile of them filled Dlanor’s desk. Gertrude says tissues are very useful for cleaning up lots of things, and Dlanor tells her to stop treating her like a kid. Gertrude then says to think of the tissues as documents to be stamped, much to the Head Inquisitor’s dismay. As Dlanor finishes stamping, Gertrude wonders when she became an adult, musing that Dlanor seems the less adult out of all of them.

Background Music

  • apathy
  • Love Examination
  • far
  • 人形劇 [Puppet Show]
  • 白い影 [White Shadow]
  • cage
  • おもちゃ箱 [Toy Box]
  • over
  • Fall
  • worldend(bp)
  • てくてく [Steady Pace]
  • wingless
  • ひだまり [In the Sun]
  • HANE [Feathers]

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Whose Tea Party?

Bernkastel receives an anonymous letter inviting her to a tea party. This person must be a witch since they’re inviting another witch. Bern arrives at a dense forest, finding a tree stump shaped like a chair and a note offering to take a rest on it. Bern thinks it must be a trap, something to bind her in chains and drop a pie onto her head. She ignores the stump and continues into the forest, finding a table with raspberry juice on it. Another note offers a drink, and Bern thinks it’s another trap to poison her. Bern continues throughout the forest some more, coming across more traps asking her to eat fruit or play on an ivy-laced swing.

Deep in the forest, Bern comes across a house made of candy, with a note on the door congratulating her for making it this far. Bern thinks the house itself may be another trap and peeks inside it, finding Lambdadelta and Featherine chatting and drinking tea. They were debating over whether or not Bern would come. Lambda prepared all sorts of traps in the forest to welcome her, hoping that Bern would enjoy herself and enter the house. Featherine thinks otherwise, saying that ever since she was a miko, Bern was very clumsy and easily frightened; Lambda says Bern has changed ever since she started playing with her.

The witches each swear upon their titles that Bern will or won’t come, but the Witch of Miracles goes back through the forest; Featherine said she wouldn’t come, so out of spite Bern wants to join, but also doesn’t want to humor Lambda’s foolishness. She returns to the entrance of the forest, back to the tree stump chair. She sits upon it and a trap springs; Lambda and Featherine check it out, surprised to see how easily Bern fell for a trap like that. Lambda asks if Bern joyed getting a cheesecake dropped in her head, but the witch snidely replies that she would’ve given a perfect score if it were plum jam pie. The story ends with the witches finally beginning their tea party.

Background Music: くるり [About Face]

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Valentine's Day Letters

Ronove hands Battler a stack of Valentine’s Day letters, keeping them in reserve since he’s been so busy as the Game Master. The first set of letters is from the Seven Sisters of Purgatory, who all send chocolate. Lucifer swears eternal allegiance on behalf of the Seven Sisters, with the postscript having Lucifer offering to do anything for Battler, whether she be used as a chair, candle stand, or even a slave. Leviathan hopes that Battler doesn’t forget her own eyes amongst the countless others that are watching him. Satan apologizes for her sisters sending shameless letters, blaming it on her inability to guide them and awaiting any criticism. Belphegor says she’s given lots of demonic chocolate to other men to drive them further into sloth, and promises that this chocolate is a sign of her heartfelt appreciation. Mammon wishes to gain Battler’s trust and become the woman reflected in his eyes. Beelzebub sent the best chocolate she could after taste-testing countless varieties; the postscript reveals she ate all the best-tasting chocolate so she sent the second best-tasting chocolate.. Asmodeus wishes she could’ve become Battler’s chocolate and be eaten by him.

After reading these, Battler says he feels like a bad person and Ronove hands him a stack of letters from the Chiester Sisters. Chiester 00 expresses her deep respect and affection for the Territory Lord, enclosing chocolate that has passed inspection by the medical team of the Imperial Guards. Chiester 410 says friendship chocolate is scattered everywhere like a shotgun while true love chocolate strikes like a sniper rifle; she asks Battler to guess which one she sent. Chiester 45 wanted to send handmade chocolate but was unable to because of a chocolate terrorism incident the previous year resulting in it’s ban. She hopes it’s satisfactory. Chiester 556 asks for the Chiester Sisters to remain in Battler’s thoughts, hoping she’s followed proper etiquette with her Valentine’s letter. The postscript has 556 remarking that her fortune at the shrine said she’d have terrible luck and will take care on her next mission.

Another group of letters comes from the girls at Eiserne Jungfrau. Dlanor hoped to be receiving chocolate instead of giving it, loving it very much because she’s a kid. She hates hot chocolate, however, because she keeps spilling it and it’s difficult to wash off. Gertrude had also been screening Dlanor’s letters and telling her to rewrite them, so the Head Inquisitor hoped to send it secretly. Cornelia tells Battler that in this cold season, huddling inside a kotatsu is a very nice experience. She also talks about the chocolate terrorism incident and how a good number of sympathizers are beginning to show themselves. Cornelia signs off and adds a note that Inquisitors are required to use court language even when writing letters, apologizing for any difficulties in reading. Gertrude hopes that Battler is taking good care of his health, adding a note that she adopted a cat and wants to know if the Territory Lord prefers cats or dogs more.

Zepar and Furfur have also sent letters. Zepar wants to know if Battler has been enjoying his Valentine’s Day, finding it a perfect day to hunt down growing boys with chocolate. The chocolate they’ve sent isn’t regular Valentine’s chocolate, with Zepar implying that a crime’s about to occur. Furfur tells Battler to savor the feelings stored inside each chocolate as he eats it, asking if he still thinks the chocolate is just simple friendship chocolate. If he says it’s something more, then Battler will understand the heart of the girl with the blushing face. Furfur asks Battler to be prepared, as their chocolates are confessions of true love and they’ll give him a body that can’t live without love anymore.

Ronove asks Battler if there’s anything wrong with the chocolate, but the Game Master replies that he doesn’t want to eat it, reading off another letter. Beatrice opens her letter with a big “<Happy Valentine>!!”, saying she’s eaten all of the chocolate that Battler received and that he won’t receive any other girl’s chocolate now that Battler is hers. She saved him a small bit of chocolate anyway; Beatrice was going to make handmade chocolate, but it was so delicious she ate it all and instead gave him some ingredients.

Ronove asks Battler to accept Beatrice’s feelings, and he replies that even chocolate is useful as an ingredient. Ronove then shows him one more letter sent by Ange. Ange knows Battler received a lot of chocolate and tells him not to get too excited about it; she’s sent him some heart-shaped chocolate and hopes he doesn’t any strange ideas about it.

Background Music

  • ワルツ [Waltz] Op.34
  • 月うさぎの舞踏 [Dance of the Moon Rabbits]
  • ACI-L
  • Love Examination
  • キ・ナの香り [Kina no Kaori]
  • ひだまり [In the Sun]

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To Mount Purgatory, Sakutaro

Sakutaro wakes up at the base of a mountain, unsure of who and where he is. Virgilia appears and tells him that he is Sakutaro, Maria’s beloved stuffed lion. The lion regains his memories and asks Virgilia how he can get back to Maria. The witch tells him that he can go back by reaching the top of Mount Purgatory, but he must undergo a terrible trial. She warns him of how dangerous and grueling the trial is, but Sakutaro wants to do it anyway if it’s the only thing that will take him home.

The two start climbing the mountain and reach the first rank, which Virgilia explains is the place where the sin of pride is purified, where sinners must carry heavy stones on their backs. Sakutaro cannot pass until he purifies his own sin of pride, where he believed Maria would be helpless without him. A demon walks up and gives Sakutaro a stone to carry. Merely carrying this stone for an hour is not enough, as Sakutaro can be revived and will not be forgiven easily. Sakutaro lifts the stone and falls in line with the other demons. After some time, the demons determine that Sakutaro has been freed of pride and allow him to pass. Virgilia had been waiting for two years for the lion to complete his task, who has become brown with dust.

They reach the second rank, where envious people must walk with their eyes sewn shut. Another demon appears, accusing Sakutaro of being jealous of Maria’s relationship with her mother; Sakutaro accepts that he has felt this way whenever Maria and Rosa watched TV and talked, and his fabric eyes are soon ripped off. Sakutaro begins crawling around to complete the trial, and after two more years he succeeds. Sakutaro’s eyes are sewn back on, but his face has changed considerably and his white stomach has become blackened.

The third rank is for the sin of wrath, when Sakutaro had resented Maria and Rosa’s relationship. The lion had to pray constantly while smoke billowed around him, taking two years. The fourth rank is for the sin of sloth, where Sakutaro had taken Maria’s independence and influenced her to be lazy in her studies. The lion runs around the mountain while a demon chases him, taking another two years. After sloth had been purified, Sakutaro had gotten bits of fabric torn off of him and even lost his right hand.

The fifth rank is the sin of greed; Sakutaro admits that he wished for Maria to love him more than anyone else, being made to bow to the ground and repent. The sixth rank is the sin of gluttony, where Sakutaro told Maria to have a snack party even though eating before bed was bad. Sakutaro is made to repent before food, who also marks that day and night are the same in Purgatory, and wind and snow blew in tandem to make Sakutaro more and more worn out as the years passed.

Virgilia guides him to the seventh and final rank, the sin of lust. After ten years, Sakutaro is happy yet sad to be revived; he feels that with his worn-out and tattered form, Maria will no longer recognize him. Rosa was the one to create him, but he also knew that Rosa was the same one who destroyed him. Virgilia congratulates Sakutaro for completing his journey, saying that Beatrice has given him the option of being revived in the human world instead of going to heaven. Sakutaro is still afraid that Maria won’t recognize him and the witch replies that if finding out is too scary, he can still go to heaven. Sakutaro chooses to go to the human world and be close with Maria, even if it means he’ll be seen as a dirty lump of cotton. Sakutaro asks if it’s Beatrice on Rokkenjima who will revive him, but Virgilia says that Beatrice had been succeeded by a new person who will resurrect him.

Sakutaro awakes again, this time smelling dust in what appears to be a futon shop. He hears someone walking nearby and hopes that this someone will take him to where Maria is. He falls asleep amongst what feel like other stuffed animals, and Ange briefly appears in view.

Background Music

  • 旋律 (シラベ) inst.ver [Melody]
  • 月夜 [Moonlit Night]

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Arigato For 556

The story opens with a history of the Chiester Sisters’ creation, having been created in response to the Ministry of Defense’s requests for a new type of magical soldier. RAC and Chiester were two companies that took this offer, and Chiester’s models prioritized inexpensiveness, mass production, and fast deployment of soldiers. The Chiester Series models were designed with specific abilities and would work cooperatively. With the development of the Spirit Particle Combat System by other forces that could shut down any soldier relying on brute force, the Chiester Series had Rabbit Ears added to them which made them the perfect anti-Spirit Particle weapons; with the help of lobbyists, the Minister of Defense declared anti-Spirit Particle Combat measures to be important and thus Chiester won the bid in the end.

The Chiester Sisters were designed with specific skillsets and based around coordination, with the “Sisters” part speaking to the solidarity between them. Chiester 410 specialized in sniping and had a great radar, but it was read in an analog manner; modern Spirit Particle Combat is digital, yet having analog data can allow for unexpected circumstances to be dealt with easily. In her early days, 410 never fully linked information from troops and would add her own ideas to it, coming off as a rogue. After being paired with Chiester 45, who specialized in firing calculations, 410’s skills improved dramatically and became one of the elite ten snipers of the Imperial Corps.

Chiester 00 had been writing all of this information down and retelling it to 410 and 45, who banter about how much 410 tends to ignore 45’s data. 00 writes about 45 as well, who was designed around calculations with Spirit Particle Combat but couldn’t fully integrate with prewar units; she was treated poorly by her peers and was often stuck on rear surveillance. Pairing up 45 the troublemaker with another troublemaker like 410 proved to be very effective. Chiester 00 thinks this works because of 410; she was always paired with senior soldiers and high-strung people who would try to keep her in line, but the blue-haired bunny would obey their orders half-heartedly. 45 wasn’t strong-minded enough to keep her in check, so 410 got to display the full extent of her abilities. Another possibility is that 410 really likes teasing 45 and will often try very complicated shots, ignoring her data entirely; 45’s reactions boost 410’s ego and improve her military success. Chiester 00 thinks this relationship is very one-sided for 45, so she asks 410 to be a little more considerate of her; even a word of thanks would be good. 410 doesn’t understand, saying their victories are credited to the two of them. 00 seems to get that 410 appreciates being paired with 45, but she still wants her to show her appreciation with words. 410 doesn’t think so, saying words of appreciation are embarrassing for her and that their feelings can be conveyed without them. Chiester 556 is then introduced, being a prototype model specializing in heavy-duty firepower. Putting her together with a skilled sniper such as 410 would ensure greater military victories. 45 believes the fire support is useful while 410 thought 556 would be useless since their specialty is sniping long-distance targets before they can get close.

During a training session, 556 is ordered to demonstrate her capabilities. 45 links data to 556, who pulls out a large lead bow and summarily destroys all the targets. 00 was impressed at how destructive this new soldier could be, but then realized 410 would see this as a challenge. 556 thanks 45 for sending the data, and 00 notes that 556 has a very calm demeanor and always says “thank you” whenever she talks to people. 410 nitpicks 556’s shooting, saying it lacks beauty and that a single hole through the targets instead of destroying them completely would’ve sufficed; 00 shuts her up and tells 556 to ignore that, but the new recruit thanks both of them anyway for their advice. After some more bickering, 410 finally gives 556 the nickname of “thanksie bunny” and goes off.

Later, 00 speaks to 556 in private about why she says thanks all the time. 556 tells her that she received high marks from the Chiester HQ test team, and she was very grateful to her teammates for supporting her, therefore she thanks everyone. 00 says her gratitude doesn’t seem to be reaching them, and 556 replies that she does it anyway to ensure that they know it just in case something happens to her; 556 doesn’t want them to think she wasn’t grateful to them even though she really was. No matter who anyone is, there may come a time when two people may not be able to meet anymore, and 556 treats every conversation as if it were her last, adding “thank you” to all of her sentences. She thanks 00 as well for listening to her story, but the commander says it’s not necessary; as the leader of the group, she isn’t going to leave anyone behind, and 556 talking the way she is like she could leave at anytime is very disrespectful. She tells 556 that any cowardice will be disciplined, welcoming her as a part of the Chiester Sisters Imperial Guard and getting thanked again.

Background Music

  • The first and The last
  • prison
  • Towering_cloud_in_summer
  • Praise
  • HANE [Feathers]
  • さくたろうの頑張り物語 [Sakutarou's Adventure]
  • おもちゃ箱 [Toy Box]
  • dive_to_emergency
  • 人形劇 [Puppet Show]
  • fall
  • Thanks for all People

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Post-Script

Background Music

  • Look Back
  • Thanks Heppoko 3 minutes [Thanksへっぽこ3分]
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